CFO Magazine - 4th Edition - 2019

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Never stop learning


remember, sometime in the 80s, my mom bought a video machine. This opened up to us the extremely retro procedure of using a contract at the local video store to consume data. The video machine was deeply fascinating to me, and I spent hours of my afternoons lying in front of it, working out what all those buttons did. I even managed to master the timer recording function – without having known such a thing existed at the outset, and without looking at the manual once. This kind of intuitive technical learning is the domain of the very young. Today, my children’s competence at connecting the laptop to the TV so we can watch Netflix far outstrips my own. However, we know that with the Fourth Industrial Revolution underway, we all need to embrace lifelong learning, and keep exhibiting the essential traits of grit, agility and adaptability. Which adds a whole other level of pressure when you are just trying to get through an already-overfull day. Many of the articles in this issue of CFO Magazine reflect this reality. ‘Learn, unlearn, relearn’ on page 70 looks at the state of finance executive education. The CFO Dinner feedback on page 70 delves into the kinds of insights finance professionals who attended this exclusive event gained about future-proofing their business, themselves, and even their children. In keeping with the education theme is our cover story (page 16) – an interview with Nolwazi Mamorare, the CFO of UJ, who reveals the efforts she has made to



raise funds to cover student fees at the university. She is an inspirational person who is driven by a sense of purpose to make a difference wherever she works. Learning of any kind keeps you fresh and flexible, and last year Kobus Gertenbach applied his mind to his lifelong dream of becoming a private pilot – and now takes fellow executives on site visits around the country. His friends’ wives may not let their husbands fly with him, but we at CFO South Africa had no such compunctions, and he took me and CFO South Africa's photographer Patrick Furter on an exciting flip in his Cirrus SR22 over Hartbeespoort Dam, to show us his long-dreamt-of skills. You can read all about his training on page 46. And that’s me taking to the skies in the picture above. Flying is not the only thing that CFOs dream of, as the CFO Day survey (page 28) reveals. It turns out that the majority of CFOs hope to secure a place in the CEO seat in the not-too-distant future – and we chatted to five CEOs who moved into their position from the finance role about what it took and how they’ve had to evolve, in the article starting on page 34. Here’s to lifelong learning – and hopefully a bit of fun along the way. Georgina Guedes Editor-in-chief +27 83 651 2789

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